A Democrat member of the State Election Commission is leading an effort to elect Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Maloney.
Bill Renzelli, a retired Union Carbide worker in Harrison County, said he's a lifelong Democrat fed up with the direction of the state. Notably, he's also one of four members of the election commission, a position to which he was appointed by Republican Gov. Cecil Underwood.
On Tuesday, Renzelli was named co-chair of Democrats for Maloney, a "coalition group" operating within the Maloney campaign. Wood County Democrat Toni Fleming is the other co-chair.
"I've been a lifelong Democrat and proud of it, you understand?" Renzelli, 73, said in a telephone interview Tuesday.
"And things are not going right. In the 40 years that (Democrat Gov.) Earl Ray Tomblin has been the state government politician, the state hasn't improved."
Renzelli said he has 12 grandchildren and is worried about the state school system.
"The state paid for an audit of the education system, which outlined the changes that need to be made, but nothing was done with it," he said.
Renzelli said he read about Maloney and called him to volunteer to help.